Viking Expeditions To Include Great Lakes, Antarctic & Arctic
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Rendering of a Viking expedition ship.
Viking has announced itineraries for its two new Polar Class 6 expedition ships which launch in 2022.
Viking Octantiswill embark on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes in JAN 2020 andViking Polaris, which debuts AUG 2022, will sail the Arctic and Antarctica.
Past Viking guests have been able to book select Viking Expeditions polar itineraries since 9OCT. Starting 15JAN, all expedition voyages are available to the public for booking.
"Our guests are curious explorers. They want to continue traveling with us to familiar and iconic destinations, but they would also like to travel further," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“We began as Viking River Cruises; then we evolved into Viking Cruises with the addition of ocean cruises; today we stand singularly as Viking, offering destination-focused voyages on more than 20 rivers, five oceans and five Great Lakes, visiting 403 ports in 95 countries and on all seven continents.”
In 2020, Viking will launch seven new river ships. Six more ocean sister ships are on order, with options for four additional ships. These options could bring Viking’s total ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.
Antarctic Explorer (13 days; Buenos Aires to Ushuaia) – This adventure takes guests into the heart of the Antarctic peninsula.
Antarctic & South America Discovery (19 days; Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro) – This is a journey of extremes, going from icy Antarctica to tropical Rio.
Arctic Adventure (13 days; Roundtrip Tromsø) – Guests experience the Arctic summer, centered on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.
From the Arctic to the Antarctic (44 days; Tromsø to Ushuaia) – This journey traverses the globe from the far north to the extreme south, staring in Norway’s northernmost town down to the “Last Continent." Introductory pricing starts at $33,995 per person, with discounted airfare from $999 per person.
Undiscovered Great Lakes (8 days; Thunder Bay, Ontario to Milwaukee) – From Northern forests to pristine lagoons, guests encounter the natural splendour of the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes Explorer (8 days; Milwaukee to Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Guests embark on an expedition along “the nation’s fourth seacoast,” from Georgian Bay’s granite islands to Thunder Bay’s towering cliffs.
Niagara & The Great Lakes (8 days; Toronto to Milwaukee) – From urban skylines to uninhabited islands, guests discover the wilderness of the North American interior alongside cultural attractions in Detroit, Toronto and Milwaukee.
Canadian Discovery (13 days; New York to Toronto) – Guests cruise from Canada’s southeast coast to the St. Lawrence River.
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.